Fall Car Maintenance for the Oregon Coast

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Get Your Vehicle Ready for Rainy Season with these Fall Car Maintenance Tips

The beautiful but rainy fall season has arrived in Oregon. This means it’s time for drivers along the Oregon coast to make sure your vehicle is prepared for wet weather driving. At Mast Brothers Towing, we know how important preventative maintenance is before the rains hit. Take action now to help keep you safe on the road and avoid breakdowns or costly repairs during fall and winter.

Here are some tips from our expert team:

Check Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid – Make sure wiper blades are in good condition and cleanly sweep the windshield. Replace any blades that are worn, cracked or leave streaks. Fill up the washer fluid reservoir with a winter formula fluid that resists freezing. Top it off frequently.

Inspect Tires and Adjust Pressure – Check tires for adequate tread depth (at least 4/32” but preferably 6/32” or more). Look for signs of uneven wear and damage. Make sure tires are properly inflated, as wet roads can cause hydroplaning with underinflated tires. Consider special winter tires for very rainy or snowy conditions.

Change Engine Oil and Filter – Old oil can cause sludge and deposits in cold, wet weather. Drain it and replace with fresh, high quality oil suited for colder temperatures. Change the oil filter as well.

Check Brakes – Inspect brake pads and rotors. Replace any that are overly worn. Flush brake fluid if it is due for a change or looks dirty. Top off fluid if low. Consider a full brake inspection at a licensed shop.

Test Battery and Charging System – Cold, wet weather strains batteries. Have the battery tested to ensure it is still strong enough to start your vehicle. Look for corrosion on terminals and clean if needed. The charging system should also be checked.

Check Exterior and Undercarriage – Make sure headlights, brake lights and turn signals are all functioning properly for safe driving visibility. Clear any debris blocking lights. Spray wash the undercarriage to remove dirt, salt and grime buildup which can lead to rust.

Prepare Emergency Supplies – Stock your vehicle with emergency gear like jumper cables, flashlights, traction mats, blankets, non-perishable snacks, water, first aid kit and other roadside items. If stuck, supplies will provide comfort while you await assistance.

With heavy Oregon rains coming, don’t put off essential maintenance today. If car troubles leave you stranded, count on the reliable professionals at Mast Brothers Towing for a tow. We provide 24/7 towing and roadside assistance services to get you back on the road quickly and safely. Our experienced team serves the entire Oregon coast area. Schedule any needed maintenance now to avoid the need for a tow, but know that we’re here to help if you need us!